Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.
- Proverbs 3:5-7
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
Don’t depend on your own understanding
Acknowledge God in everything you do
Don’t be wise in human wisdom
Fear the Lord
Depart from evil
That’s a pretty clear cut list. Right in the middle of it is the promise – He will direct your paths.
It starts though with a whole-hearted devotion. There is no such thing as half-hearted Christianity. It has to be an all or nothing thing. Half-heartedness is lukewarmness and we all know how God feels about lukewarm faith.
The problem most of us face in our Christian lives is that we don’t take our faith whole-heartedly. Faith is what we do when we are bored. Trust in God is what we do when our own resources run out. Acknowledging God is what we do when we mess up on our own. We fear the Lord when our awe of the world and ourselves fails us. Departing from evil is what we do when we get caught.
Yet we still want God’s direction. We can have it – all we have to do is meet his standards and forget about always getting things our way.